Questions about Breast Reduction
Am I a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
The ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery is at least 18 years old, is in good health, and wants to reduce the size of her breasts. The prospective patient should also have fully developed breasts. These reasons include those who are self-conscious about their breast size, or due to physical discomfort in the shoulders, neck and back. Large breast size can also affect posture, limit activities, and cause skin or breathing problems. You can discuss this further with Dr. Haupt during your consultation.
What is the breast reduction procedure?
You will be under general anesthesia before the procedure begins. An incision will be made from the areola to the base of the breast. Tissue will then be removed. This includes fat, excess glandular tissue, as well as skin. A liposuction may be performed if only fatty tissue is removed. The nipple is aligned to match your new breast size and shape. The incisions are stitched up, gauze dressings are placed over the area, and a bandage or surgical bra is used to cover the gauze.
What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?
The shape and size of your breasts may determine how invasive the surgery is. There are many ways the skin, tissue, and fat are moved around. Younger women who have less sagging and better skin contraction may not have as invasive a surgery as women who have extremely large breasts where sagging, or excessive tissue may have to be removed. And, because this is surgery, there are other risks to note. These include reactions to the anesthetic, blood clots, asymmetry, scarring, infection and nerve damage. Though these risks are extremely small, you need to follow Dr. Haupt’s instructions so you may heal as well as you can post-operatively. There is also a chance that breast feeding may be more difficult after you have had breast reduction surgery.
How long will it take before I can return to my normal activities?
Again, this depends how you heal. There will be some pain and discomfort for a few days following the procedure, but you will be given a pain prescription to help you cope with this. After a couple of days the bandages can be removed. You’ll have to wear a surgical bra 24 hours a day until the bruising and swelling subside, and this can take several weeks. Stitches may be removed after a couple of weeks if they are not absorbable. All these things will take around a month. While you can return to work after a couple of weeks, it is recommended that strenuous activity or exercise be postponed until Dr. Haupt tells you it is okay.
How will I be affected in the long term?
It can take up to a full year before your breasts are completely established into their new shape. Other factors, such as pregnancy, weight gain or loss, and more can affect the size and shape of your breasts. Scarring will fade, but this may take longer for some people than it does for others.
If you would like to learn more about breast reduction surgery in the Logan, Ogden, Park City, Provo, Salt Lake City, and St. George, Utah, please contact Dr. Haupt at Utah Cosmetic Surgery.